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Scream & Light Up the Sky

The Honorary TitleAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thin Layer
2. Stay Away
3. Untouched And Intact
4. Stuck At Sea
5. Far More
6. Radiate
7. Along the Way
8. Apologize
9. The City's Summer
10. Only One Week
11. Wait Until I'm Gone
12. Even If

Editorial Reviews

Scream And Light Up The Sky, the major-label debut from The Honorary Title, is a beautifully ragged collection of subtle indie pop with hints of Americana, Britpop and punk. Produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith), the charismatic Jarrod Gorbel's intimate, heartfelt and yet sarcastic musings indeed light up the musical sky.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Light Up" my life August 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
It seems to be a recurring event; it happened last week with Rilo Kiley and now this week with Brooklyn-based The Honorary Title. Abandoning your signature sound for a more radio-friendly one can either be a disaster (Liz Phair) or a step forward in creative development. Luckily, The Honorary Title finds firm footing in a broader sound that embraces the band's pop sensibilities.

The album opens humbly with lyrically driven anthems "Thin Layer" and "Stay Away" but immediately kicks into gear with "Untouched and Intact", the album's first single. "Stuck at Sea" is a perfect example of THT's new sound: ambient, area-friendly, and virtually free of acoustic intimacy. As "Far More" proves, the album is essentially a balancing act: maintaining a sound that suits Jarrod Gorbel's vocals and lyrics but simultaneously augmenting that very sound.

"Radiate" is grand affair while "Along the Way" is a beautiful return to the days of THT's "Disengage" - both catchy and spare. And just when you think you know where this album is going "The City Summer" arrives. It's the song that could possibly propel THT into the mainstream. The song even opens with a "Na Na Na Na..." chorus. Even indie-elitists won't be able to deny this one. "Only One Week" and "Wait Until I'm Gone" recall the quiet melancholy of Anything Else but the Truth, providing a great showcase for Jarrod Gorbel's heartfelt vocals. Closing the album is "Even If", a gorgeous new type of THT intimacy that's easy to embrace, even love.

Lyrically, THT have never been more consistent. Their songs have always contained both cynicism and depth but Scream and Light up the Sky contains the strongest hooks of their career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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When the Honorary Title released Anything Else But The Truth in 2004, singer/guitarist Jarrod Gorbel and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Kamstra were an acoustic duo. After several years of playing live, their sound naturally grew to require a full band, with Jonathan Wiley contributing electric guitars and Adam Boyd (ex-the Format) providing the backbeat. If fans of the singer/songwriter formula that graced Truth are worried Gorbel's personal and poignant stories will be lost among the noise, they can put their fears to rest. Playing with a full band, Gorbel's distinct, powerfully emotional vocals have never sounded fuller on Scream And Light Up The Sky. Ranging from vibrant pop-punk ("Untouched") to acoustic balladry ("Even If") to indie-flecked rockers ("Apologize"), each song contains a hook as prominent as the hipster scene in the band's native Brooklyn. While incredibly catchy, a closer listen reveals the dark themes of failed relationships, meaningless sex, inevitable change and mental anguish. "Stay Away" finds Gorbel wailing, "If you're using me/Do it slowly/Make it last until I have to go," and the haunting "Don't you think I'm lonely/Eager to complete the story/Confused and still haunted with why you'd start over" on "Even If" are just two examples of the longing, confusion and heartbreak that pepper the disc. In the end, the Honorary Title prove singing your sorrow really is cathartic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant October 25, 2007
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If you already were a fan and enjoy Anything Else But the Truth hundreds I cant imagine being disappointed by this album. I just bought it a week ago because I didn't even realize they had released a new album. I suspect this is the case with many of their fans as I have never seen much promotion anywhere for these guys, but they definitely deserve it. Gorbel, the vocalist, manages to sound even better on this album. The songs are slightly more complex, the arrangements a little bit more grand. I would not at all say this is more of a pop record or radio friendly as I see other reviews saying. However, the production quality has definitely been upped so it does sound a little more slick. This is great music and anybody who liked good indie rock will love this. IF you like Spoon you will like this. And if you cant stand Dashboard Confessionals you will still love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The CD I've Had On Repeat For The Past Couple Days September 29, 2007
By Hales28
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Scream & Light Up The Sky is fantastic! It's been the only CD I've been playing for the past couple days. Jarrod Gorbel's vocals and lyrics are amazing. The lyrics are so honest, heartfelt, and relatable. Be sure to check them out with the CD. Each time I listen to the CD, I find a new favorite, but so far my favorites are "Untouched & Intact," "Along The Way," and "Only One Week." Buy this CD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 2ND CD! December 8, 2007
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The Honorary Title has outdone themselves on their 2nd CD. It isn't often that a band can put out such a strong follow up CD but the Honorary Title has pulled it off flawlessly. The lyrics, the musicianship, the melodies are all so amazing and well done. This Brooklyn based band is quickly making a name for themselves. Do yourself a favor & order this CD - you won't regret it for a single second. The Honorary Title rocks!
Karen from Texas
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